Much of the land at Lake Union Park was once owned by the U.S Navy, however in 2000 they handed over 5 acres to take the park's total acreage to 12. Since then the park has undergone a makeover to make it a multi-use park for all ages. There is so much to do here from enjoying the water to jogging and heading to museums. There is a wading pool and spray park for children in the summer and plenty of cafés and restaurants in the surrounding area. Given its history it probably comes as no surprise that the park also maintains a deep connection with Seattle's maritime history.
Things to Do
- If you want to find out about the maritime culture of the Pacific Northwest you could do worse than making a visit to Lake Union Park. The main place to go for this is the Center for Wooden Boats. They, along with other groups like Northwest Seaport and the Virginia V Foundation organize various events, programs and festivals related to maritime history throughout the year.
Lake Union Park Insider Tips
- Even if the weather is not great you can still get something out of a visit to Lake Union Park. The Museum of History and Industry for example is always worth a visit. You can find it in what used to be the Naval Reserve Building right at the water's edge.
- If you want to save the hassle of finding parking you will be glad to know that the South Lake Union Park is well serviced by public transport. You can catch the South Lake Union streetcar from downtown; it goes every 15 minutes and stops at the park. Otherwise the 8, 17, 26, 28, 70 and 71 buses all service the park.